The annual Learning Impact Awards competition is conducted globally to recognize outstanding, innovative applications of educational technology that address the most significant challenges facing education. View the award program details and eligibility for more information.
At the core of the Learning Impact Awards competition is 1EdTech's Learning Impact Trend framework of education technology project categories, which has evolved over the years as new trends emerge and others obsolesce. This framework is a leading indicator of emerging education technology trends, offering planning guidance for education institutions. It's based on the innovative, impactful entries brought forward at each Learning Impact Awards competition. It enables 1EdTech to identify emerging technology trends, usually several years ahead of mainstream adoption by the educational community. The award categories are defined in the Learning Impact Trend Framework Categories table. A categorization of all winners since the program began in 2007 is contained in the Summary of Winners table.
Advancing Teaching & Learning Innovation
Advancing Learning Environment Infrastructure
Advancing Educational Insight, Attainment & Planning
Competition and Judging
Any product or service provider, educational institution, or training provider that meets the competition's eligibility requirements can enter the contest.
Regional winners, along with other finalists, advance to the final round of the competition. The finalists' entries consist of a four-minute video pitch and a one-page detailed project flyer, followed by live presentations and Q&A with a team of evaluators.
In 2016, 1EdTech (then IMS Global Learning Consortium) opened the judging to the public for the first time, allowing people to evaluate the final entries online. The total scoring from all peer votes counts as one vote combined with the judges' votes.
Award winners are recognized at the annual Learning Impact Conference (5-8 June 2023 in Anaheim, CA).
What distinguishes 1EdTech's Learning Impact Awards is its pragmatic focus. More work goes into the Learning Impact Awards evaluation process compared to other award programs in the education sector. Expert evaluators assess entries based on the use of technology in an educational institution context with clear evidence of learning impact.
The 2022 winners—platinum, gold, silver, and bronze medalists—were selected from 34 evidence-based and innovative technology projects. A report of trends and practices synthesized from the current year's projects will be released in the fall. The nomination period for the 2023 competition opens in January and ends in February.